Reporter's Notebook published July 7, 2012

Triplicate Staff

Our own B Street Pier is without peer

Our very own B Street Pier made the cut for "the best piers in California" list recently compiled by the Los Angeles Times.

"Standing on this isolated pier feels as though you've been transported to somewhere on the Maine coast," said L.A. Times writer Christopher Smith.

The Crescent City pier was one of 15 on the "best of" list, and it received even higher praise from a California pier expert.

"Ken Jones, whose book 'Pier Fishing in California' and website

(www.pierfishing.com) are the definitive guides to the California

structures," named B Street Pier and Ventura Pier as his all-time

favorites, according to the article.

"The B Street Pier in Crescent City - that is something," Jones said in the piece.

"The northernmost pier in the state is a modest one. Views of the

charming Battery Coast (sic) lighthouse as well as gray sand beaches and

big rocks sticking out of the water make this 900-foot wood plank

structure worth seeking it," Smith wrote.

When providing background for the pier, Smith brought out local lore:

"Its predecessor, a ramshackle structure known as Sutton Dock, burned

down in 1987 and became the source of much controversy - and talk - in

the ensuing years. As far as I can tell, 25 years ago some local

officials were indicted for torching the pier before they had the

necessary permits. Ancient small-town stuff not sure it adds much."

While Smith may have an appreciation for Del Norte County, it

apparently does not extend to whoever wrote the headline for the Times

article.

It read: "Top spots at water's edge from San Diego County to Humboldt County."

- Adam Spencer

Taking one for the team

Del Norte County District Attorney Jon Alexander took a spill before

he was even able to position himself in a dunk tank to raise funds for

the Crescent Elk basketball team during Fourth of July festivities in

Beachfront Park.

Alexander was climbing onto the tank's platform when the latch broke.

He fell, getting his right ankle and knee caught on the fencing

surrounding the pool.

Alexander didn't take that as a sign to quit; he honored his duty to

get dunked for a half-hour before beelining to the hospital. Not only

did he get wet, but he tore his MCL and is now hobbling around on

crutches.

More than $1,000 was raised for the basketball team though.

andshy;- Anthony Skeens

Let freedom ring

He lit the bottle rocket and darted away, crouching in gleeful

anticipation before it whistled skyward, becoming but one very briefly

satisfying pop among countless others launched on every beach, in

seemingly every corner of Crescent City Wednesday.

The spent shell had barely plummeted back to the disheveled sand at

Beachfront Park before the kid grabbed another illegal firework from a

parentally supervised trove.

But what about the City Council's latest fireworks ordinance? A

Triplicate reporter wondered about that while observing an impressive

free-for-all of amateur pyrotechnics, literally diving out of the way at

one point to avoid a firecracker in flight.

The new ordinance says anyone caught in city limits setting off

illegal fireworks (that'd be any fireworks that fly), was liable to get a

$1,000 fine, right off the bat.

Six such hefty fines were handed down by Crescent City Police

officers on Wednesday, reported Police Chief Doug Plack. The fireworks

were confiscated, and in one case the seized contraband totaled more

than 20 pounds, he said.

- Emily Jo Cureton

Big star amid big trees

"Whoa - We're halfway there! Whoa-oh! Livin' on a prayer!"

If you were in the right spot and you asked nice enough, you may have

heard those lyrics among the redwoods from Jon Bon Jovi himself this

week.

The singer of countless '80s hit songs that make some shriek with joy

and others cringe visited Redwood National and State Parks.

The vacationing Bon Jovi asked if a park ranger could take his family

on a tour of the towering trees, so rangers Jeff Denny and Jim Wheeler

took them to Lady Bird Johnson Grove.

- Adam Spencer

One for the road

You may read one more story by me in the coming days, but I won't be here to see it going to print.

After nearly five years as a reporter for the Triplicate, I'm moving

to New York City to attend graduate school for journalism at Columbia

University. I'm making a stop in the Midwest to visit family first.

The Triplicate took a chance on me and I took a chance on it right out of college in St. Louis.

If it hadn't been for this newspaper and the mentorship of my editor,

Richard Wiens, I don't know that I would be headed to Columbia. Richard

and the community allowed me to write stories that challenged me and

pushed my limits as a journalist. I'm proud of my work here.

In today's paper, you'll see my last installment of Del Norte Eats and, coming soon, a story on bullying in local schools.

Signing off.

-Kelley Atherton

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